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Old 06-16-2005, 10:27 AM   #1
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Under feeding, your thoughts??

I have a 55 gal tank with 4 fish, 2 damsels and 2 green chromis. Other than the fish, I've added 1 turbo Snail (large), 1 Emerald Crab, 1 Blue knuckle hermit, 3 peppermint shrimp and 4 scarlet hermits. There are several hitchhikers, including several small "gorilla" crabs, 3 urchins, numerous pistol shrimp, bristle stars, bristle worms, etc.

I feed the tank once per day in the am about 30 minutes after lights on. I alternate flakes (formula 1) and myst shrimp each day. Food is eaten or falls to the bottom within 5-minutes.

Today for the first time it seemed like a feeding frenzy in the tank. The peppermint shrimp and gorilla crabs rarely show their face during the day. All of them were out in the open and going after the food. I had never seen this before. I started to think I was under feeding, so I added a couple pieces of raw shrimp for the bottom feeders.

In your opinion, should I be feeding more, or more often or was this possibly just an isolated event.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:23 AM   #2
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I would think it was an normal event. Not that it happens noramlly. There may not be much food falling to the bottom which in a way is a good thing. Keeps the water balance better. I would think they were just trying to get to the food easier. With that few fish and feeding daily I would not worry too much. Just keep an eye for pinched bellies on the fish.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:50 AM   #3
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Funny you should mention pinched bellies. I found an empty hermit shell. Looks like someone removed a scarlet hermit from it's shell last night because I know I do not have any bigger shells in the tank at this time.
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1 Large Turbo Snail
Hitchhickers: 3 Purple sea urchins, lots of rock crabs, pistol shrimp, brittle stars, snails, worms, etc.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:07 PM   #4
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I alternate flakes (formula 1) and myst shrimp each day.
Well, I'm not sure about under feeding, but you could definitely use some more diversity in their diet. Flakes, in general, aren't a very reliable primary food source. They tend to pollute the water better than they feed the tank IMO. I would recommend you either start buying a good commercial frozen food like Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef for example, or start making your own "blender mush" w/ fresh seafood from the grocery store. Flakes should be a snack, not a meal.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:11 PM   #5
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Here is a good read about feeding-
http://marineaquariumadvice.com/feed...sh_better.html
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:01 PM   #6
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Thanks!!! That was a great article. I will be changing my feeding habits accordingly.
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1 Large Turbo Snail
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Wow, great article. I'll be making some changes as well.
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:55 PM   #8
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Not feed more, but feed more of a variety. Your inverts need food too, that's probably why the scavanger hunt went on.
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After reading that article I wish I was a fish.
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Thanks for the link. I am guilty too of depending heavily on flakes..
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